DIY prepa­ra­tion is vi­tal when im­prov­ing your home

Enniscorthy Guardian - - BUILD & RENOVATE -

IN re­cent years some­what of a de­cline has set in when it comes to DIY and one of the rea­sons is partly due to the fact we now have a vast ar­ray of choice when it comes to prod­ucts avail­able. This has cer­tainly made it more tempt­ing to dis­card rather than re­pair. But the neg­a­tives of such an ap­proach, from a DIY per­spec­tive, are abun­dantly clear.

First off, why should you lose out on the over­whelm­ing sense of pride that comes with main­tain­ing the con­fines of your own home or apart­ment? Sec­ondly, com­mit­ting to a DIY pro­ject is a chance to ac­quire, enhance, and for many of us,repli­cate the skills of do­ing it your­self. You may not have no­ticed it much as child watch­ing your el­ders pen­sively putting up that shelf or as­tutely flap­ping sheets of wall­pa­per around the front room, and while the fin­ished job might not al­ways have been to a stan­dard de- sired, their com­mit­ment to the cause of DIY was never in doubt. This is one of many rea­sons why peo­ple are re­turn­ing once again to the con­cept of DIY as it al­lows us take con­trol of our own homes when it comes to ren­o­va­tion, while help­ing keep these nec­es­sary skills in home­care up to starch as well. But be­fore your ex­cite­ment and en­thu­si­asm gets the bet­ter of you, al­ways take time to sit down and put a prac­ti­cal set of goals to­gether to get the job done.

This can be done from de­vis­ing a sim­ple sketch plan on a sheet of pa­per, to cal­cu­lat­ing a bud­get and pric­ing around to make sure you don’t spend above what you can af­ford. Be­ing hasty will only cause you to re­gret your im­pa­tience later on once de­ci­sions are rushed into that can’t be changed. So re­mem­ber: enhance your DIY skills,take pride in what you do,take a clear prepara­tory and fis­cal ap­proach, and lastly, en­joy it and you and your home will reap the re­wards of a well-thought plan that will help you to achieve the house of your dreams.

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